Last year, one of my good friend found out she had cancer. Her cancer was in the 2nd last stage. I remember going to her house to visit her after her operation to remove the cancerous tumor. At that time, I was pregnant with my 3rd child. Five years ago, we became friends because our children are similar in age (only a month or two apart).
As I sat there listening to her experiences, she assured me that everything is OK. She told me that she had left her life in God’s hands. If God decides to take her home, God already has plans for her 2 young children, who were both below ages of 8 at that time.
Miraculously, she battled the chemotherapy and her cancer triumphantly. Now, she eats better and exercise almost daily because she values life.
The pressure of difficult times makes us value life. Every time our life is spared and given back to us after a trial, it is like a new beginning. We better understand its value and thereby apply ourselves more effectively for God and for humankind. And the pressure we endure helps us to understand the trials of others, equipping us to help them and to sympathize with them.
It is my prayer that I value life now and not wait until I have trials, the kind of trials that my good friend went through.